We were amazed to discover that cat discrimination is alive and well in the UK – enshrined into UK law in fact.
You see, there is a UK law that requires any driver that runs over a dog to stop and report the accident to the police, even if the dog isn’t killed. And this must be done within 24 hours of the incident taking place. But if a driver runs over a cat, there is no legal requirement to tell the police or anyone else.
Why the difference? Both are domesticated animals and household pets. Cats may well be thought of as being more independent and “outdoor” than dogs but they are equally cherished family members.
Investigating further I came across a petition that has been doing the rounds since September 2010 that calls on the government to treat cats and dogs equally by making it law to report the running over of a cat (see www.gopetition.com/petition/39061.html
). 119 signatures (including of course one from Tiger.co.uk) have now signed this petition.
We’ll keep a look out for any other odd and potentially inequitable driving laws, either in the UK or elsewhere. If you come across any, do drop me an email and I will add it to the list.